a captive audience.
SOUND BITES & TALKING POINTS were invented by parents of young children, as in, GET. YOUR. SHOES. ON. NOW. They were created to teach our young, simple, uneducated, wild children WHAT TO DO. Does this mean the Media believe we are a bit simple?
It has been quite sometime since i’ve written anything in seriousness, because, God knows, there is too much of that from the media. Media voices have become angry & downright terrifying. I try to avoid both. I hide in my history novels. And as hard as i try, i simply cannot block it all out because of the SHOUTING TALKING POINTS or SOUND BITES.
Are Americans are too busy & can only hear talking points? Or have people have become so self-righteous they disregard anything other then WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR? As in this popular sound bite A SMALLER GOVERNMENT. Do these words have any real meaning? I wonder what that means, a smaller government…well, i suppose it would mean less or no police or fireman, FBI or paved roads, traffic lights, state parks, trash men, mail carriers, Army, Navy, Marines, Air force, Veteran hospitals, food health inspectors, EMTs, airplane inspectors, public defenders, clean water, schools, teachers, social security for mom & dad…is this what people DONT want?! or does SMALLER GOVERNMENT simply mean, to some, no taxes & “there aint no one gonna take my guns”?
Yesterday, our Congress voted down equal pay for woman. Some in our Congress voted against the violence against women act. Really?
Do woman understand the message from our leaders is that it is ok for an abusive husband/boyfriend to say to his wife/girlfriend, “oh, what a cute little paycheck” then beat the shit out of those stupid women “because they don’t contribute enough to the family.” they can say, because of SMALLER GOVERNMENT, “you don’t have a real job” or “everything in this house belongs to me, including the clothes you are wearing” SMACK.
I read a quote on Facebook by Bill Maher…the man has no filter, but he is sharp as a tack & to those who can LISTEN to both sides of an issue, he doesn’t use talking points, he invites discussion.
“This is the question the right has to answer, do you want smaller government with less handouts, or do you want a low minimum wage? Because you cannot have both. If Colonel Sanders isn’t going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to, and i for one am getting a little tired of helping highly profitable companies pay their workers.”
This is math. It is that simple.
Oh, wait…we want SMALLER GOVERNMENT so there would be no schools, teachers or math. So with a SMALLER GOVERNMENT, we simply become…simple. As in a bit…childlike. Remember? Parents speak to their children with sound bites…
I read a comment someone left under this quote, “…or maybe the lady behind the counter should “move on” and get herself a better job with higher pay. I say smaller government for sure”
Well, that makes so much sense!
I believe everyone is made differently in this world. Some born with opportunities or a certain intelligence or quite simply, with unbelievable ignorance & blinding arrogance, as to what it would be like to be in another’s shoes. We cannot all be at the same level. Common sense dictates that to have a successful society, there are those among us that must have jobs that supports us in all ways. For example, on Mondays, I am ever so grateful for my trash men because if they decided to “move on” who the hell would rid me of my shit? What if I wanted KFC but no one condescended to be behind the counter because the employees “moved on”? What about getting the lowest price at Walmart? What if their employees decided to “move on”, I would have to pay full retail price! What if farmers decided their land wasn’t worth working & decided to become lawyers instead? Oh, that would work, everyone could be a lawyer! Because I would love to eat legal briefs instead of food. If everyone was capable of becoming wealthy…just think of what we would lose. We would have no Starbucks Coffee or fast-food, or waitresses or waiters or clean linens at our hotels! Who would wash our cars? Who would sell me a snickers bar? Who would make me snickers bar? Who would take my trash away? Bag my groceries? Grow my groceries? Iron my clothes? Sell me my clothes? Who would mow my lawn? Who would build a lawn mower? Who would help me if i crashed my car?
I am grateful for everyone who can & choses to work. No matter their station in life. I am grateful. Be it the man who takes my trash to the person at my quick mart because they have made my life better & that, in my thinking, is enough for me to know they are worthy of respect & a chance of having a good life too.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”
I think #7 “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” was important to me today.
No one can solve one person’s problems by telling them to get a job, then when they get the only job they can, condemn them because they cannot earn enough to eat. NOT. MY. PROBLEM.
Well, yes it is, if you want your community to function & thrive.
If you can’t come up with a thoughtful solution to end this cycle, like, for example, raising the minimum wage to a LIVING WAGE…then you are part of the problem.
You can only offer…condemnation?…then that would make you, unbelievably ignorant & blindingly arrogant.
Walk in another’s shoes for a while, ok?